June 24, 2014 4:33 am

Overnight suicide car bombing in Beirut killed 1, wounded 20: officials

A security officer gestures as fire takes over cars at the site of a car bomb attack in the mainly Shiite populated Shayyah neighborhood of a Beirut southern suburb, early on June 24, 2014. The explosion, likely carried out by a suicide attacker, happened around midnight local time on June 24 near an army checkpoint and a cafe where football fans were watching the World Cup. AFP PHOTO/ANWAR AMRO (Photo credit should read ANWAR AMRO/AFP/Getty Images)

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BEIRUT – Lebanese officials and the state-run news agency say the overnight suicide bombing in a southern Beirut neighbourhood killed a security officer and wounded 20 people.

The explosion occurred just after midnight on Monday near a checkpoint and a cafe in the Shatila area.

The state-run news agency said on Tuesday that security officer Abdul-Karim Hodroj was killed. It wasn’t clear if the checkpoint was the intended target of the attack.

The wounded included people who had gathered at a cafe to watch World Cup matches.

It was the second explosion in a week and comes amid mounting regional tensions over dramatic events in nearby Iraq, where the al-Qaida splinter group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has seized large chunks of territory in the country’s north and west.

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